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Athens mayor, Ohio University president recognize individuals who responded to library incident

ATHENS, Ohio (April 27, 2005) -- Athens Mayor Ric Abel and Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis presented commendations to officers from the Athens and Ohio University Police departments and Alden Library staff members whose quick, calm response resulted in the apprehension of an individual who was found to have two firearms in his possession while in the library on April 5.

Photo by Rick Fatica"Officers from the university and city police departments, as well as Alden Library staff members, reacted quickly and professionally to defuse a potentially dangerous situation and bring it to resolution without incident," McDavis said. "Their outstanding service is appreciated by the entire university community and underscores the quality of individuals in the Athens and Ohio University police departments as well as those at Alden Library."

Athens Mayor Ric Abel said, "These commendations indicate the situation was handled very professionally with the textbook response for success. There is a certain type of training officers go through to disarm someone, and these officers followed the rules of that training perfectly."

Those who were recognized during the mayor's weekly press conference Wednesday, April 27, include: Athens Police Department: Patrolman Neil Dicken, Patrolman Ron Brooks, Lt. Tony Fish and Communications Officer Amber Guthrie; Ohio University Police Department: Officer George Anderson, Officer Joshua Durst, Lt. Christopher Johnson, Communications Officer Jennifer Sedwick; Alden Library staff members: Molly Stewart and Lorraine Wochna.

Ryan Salim has been charged by the Athens Police Department with abduction and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon.

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